celebrating and supporting music, food, art & culture in burlington
artsriot calls itself the battery street jeans* of events calendars. they collect sweet
jeans events and post the sweetest to their site. it’s the best of the btv culture scene all in one place. not only does it celebrate and support the people who bring us this amazing array of culture, it also educates and promotes awareness of what’s going on in burlington’s vibrant creative community.
find out what’s hot from cool indie bands to gallery receptions, fundraisers and just plain old bashes – such as switchback’s 10th anniversary party or browse all upcoming events listed by date.
artsriot also has a monthly dinner club called Isole – the story of food, a food anthropology journey. next one will be a day of the dead theme. they’ve also just acquired a space down on pine street behind speeder and earl’s – so expect to see their own art gallery and artsriot events as soon as november.
of special note is that artsriot also has apprenticeship and internship programs which offer excellent opportunities to burlington’s creative youth. what a great investment!
whether you’re already in the arts scene or want to get into it – this is the place to be – artsriot.com
*p.s. if you don’t know about battery street jeans – it’s about time you do!
south end art hop
vermont’s largest exhibition of visual art
for 20 years the south end arts & business association (seaba) has been presenting the south end art hop – a 3 day exhibition of visual art in burlington’s pine street corridor. with 60+ participating sites & 600 artists, the art hop attracts more than 30,000 visitors who ‘hop’ along pine street celebrating the vibrant arts community.
the weekend’s line-up of events is long and impressive. come and enjoy:
- light shows
- artist market
- kids hop
- fashion show – strut! (the only event you need to buy tickets for)
- juried art show
- short film series
- dog hop
- pottery wheel demonstrations
- brewery tours
- taste the world
- artist’s studios
- and more…
here’s a full list of this year’s art hop events, where you’ll also find a full list of participating artists and sites as well this great map.
not sure how to start? check out this awesome “go-with-the-flow-chart” from seven days (sponsors of strut!) helping you navigate the art hop. it’s broken down for families, foodies, thrill seekers and foward thinkers. we love this clever chart!
the fun starts friday – so get hopping!
p.s. seaba’s thinking of having an artcar parade next year – if you like that cool idea email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with artcar parade in the subject line.
july 4th in vermont
independence day. america’s beginning.
vermont has lots of fun ways to celebrate the 4th. check out some fireworks, parties & parades in these towns (date of fireworks in parenthesis – some are on the 3rd, some on the 4th and some on the closest saturday to the 4th):
brandon – (6th)
burlington– (3rd) see the fireworks on the waterfront of from the lake
burke – (6th)
hartford – (4th)
hinesburg – (4th)
jay – (4th)
killington – (4th)
manchester center – (4th)
montpelier – (3rd)
plymouth – celebrate the birth of calvin coolidge – yes, his birthday was on the 4th fireworks here (4th)
shelburne – vso at shelburne farms (4th)
stowe – parade in moscow is vermont’s shortest parade (4th)
warren – definitely a crazy & wacky parade – a must see, at least once. find them on facebook too. (4th)
woodstock – (4th)
burlington farmers market
year round. rain or shine.
held outside in burlington every saturday from mother’s day weekend through the last saturday on october, this is one farmers market you don’t want to miss. you’ll find it right in downtown burlington’s city hall park, right off the church street marketplace. during the off months you’ll find the winter farmers market in burlington’s memorial auditorium.
you’ll find more than 60 stands will everything vermont from delicious foods, crafts, wares, flowers and lots of fun. It’s the best place to check out new vermont made goodies.
there is so much great stuff – we couldn’t give you our favorites because the list would be too long.
you’ll find products galore – it’s all there including:
fresh veggies & fruits
jams & jellies
plus all sorts of incredible artisan wares, prepared foods and entertainment. check out this video. and if you’re looking for a specific vendor you can check their vendor list.
put this on your calendar and plan on going every saturday, if you can.
it’s worth the trip!
oh – and don’t have cash handy? you can use a debit card at the market manager’s table.
buy local. buy vermont.
the clothes exchange
vermont’s social enterprise dedicated to eco-friendly fashion
turning clothing into cash for community benefit
the clothes exchange collects “gently used apparel from the closets of well-dressed women” as well as donated new clothing from a variety of different stores, wholesalers, designers to create pop-up shops selling it all at bargain prices! it doesn’t end there – the proceeds then get donated to local non-profits. how great is that?
from donating clothing to buying it to donating the proceeds, the clothes exchange is an innovative social enterprise that promotes and supports recycling, our community, our planet and local non-profits.
originally started as a grass roots effort between friends swapping clothes and raising money for local non-profits, today, in it’s eleventh year, the clothes exchange offers all vermonters the opportunity to participate. you can:
the clothes exchange is such a win-win-feel-good organization that you wonder (a) why it hasn’t always existed and (b) why every state doesn’t have their own clothes exchange.
so far they have raised over $280,000 that has been donated to more than 10 organizations in chittenden county.
clean your closet for a cause and find where you can donate your clothes today!
vermont is a cool place with a lot of cool things
our hope is that we’ll give you a reason or two (or three) to come and visit sometime. or at least buy vermont if you can’t make it up our way.